Supply issues means that chargers will take longer to build than originally planned.
Rivian seems to finally be back on track in terms of the production of its R1S and R1T and has confirmed that it is on course to build 25,000 vehicles in 2022. This is welcome news to both buyers and investors who had been concerned about supply issues and the delays that they cause, but what of the automaker's promise to build 3,500 chargers by the end of 2023? We recently noted that this promise had been removed from the automaker's website, prompting speculation that it may be abandoning the project. However, we reached out to Rivian for comment and were reassured that the network is still very much alive.
"We are ramping the production and deployment of both Rivian Waypoints and the Rivian Adventure Network as quickly as we can," Rivian told CarBuzz. "We are excited to have our first Rivian Adventure Network charging sites up and running in Colorado and California, with more on the way. We have retained our initial goal of 3,500 chargers across 600 Rivian Adventure Network sites. Like most other manufacturers, we faced significant supply chain challenges that made it difficult to get the parts necessary to construct and install charging equipment."
Essentially, it appears that supply chain issues are once again to blame for a slightly dour outlook on the development of its charging network.
In the meantime, Rivian reiterates that "there are approximately 70 Waypoints installed for use by the public along destinations like Yosemite, Colorado, and Tennessee State Parks, and select Nature Conservancy sites with more sites opening on a weekly basis."
So while it seems that Rivian may not be able to achieve its goal by the end of next year, it is still forging ahead with making chargers as plentiful as possible. Along with the recent news that production in the second quarter of this year reached double the numbers achieved in Q1, it appears that Rivian is slowly gaining momentum and will be the powerhouse that Ford and others expected it to be.